On 1 Feb 2006 19:51:09 -0800, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
I have exactly that same biscuit joiner and kit. I bought mine about
the same time from Berland's House of Tools in Lombard, IL (possibly
the greatest tool store ever).
I absolutely agree with you about Dewalt and the color. Also, B&D had
a "Professional" line, so at one time they were marketing B&D, B&D
Pro, Elu, and Dewalt tools--in some cases the same tool, under
different marques, with different liveries.
You may recall that when Porter-Cable came out with their model 557
biscuit joiner there was a lawsuit against them by B&D concerning
alleged design infringements. P-C had to redesign theirs slightly. One
of our fellow wreckers had a business for a while supplying shims to
make the Mk II P-C work like the litigated Mk I. In many respects I
feel this Elu is superior to the P-C.
Some of you may recall that in the early years of The New Yankee
Workshop, Norm used some Elu tools (biscuit joiner--but not the
3379--belt sander, drill, cordless drill, jigsaw, router). By the time
I started my website (about 8 or 9 years after the series began) the
Elu tools were long gone and pictures were pretty much unavailable. In
most cases, B&D converted them to Dewalt and I used their butt ugly
pictures. However, eventually I was able to find auctions of some of
the B&D Professional versions and used those pictures instead, as they
are virtually identical, save the label.
In a touch of irony, Norm, who had introduced us to biscuit joinery
with an Elu 3378 (and an early P-C utterly unlike any other biscuit
joiner), used a Dewalt 682 (the yellow version of the Elu) in a couple
of episodes; well after acquiring the P-C 557.
That's a nice biscuit joiner which looks to be in great shape (mine is
much dustier!) and someone is going to make a very good buy on it.
No, I am not a shill for Wally. It's just that I had a few notes about
his joiner that I felt like sharing.
I completely concur with all you've said. I cut my teeth on the Elu
joiner, then got a deal on the Lamello, waaaaaaaaay back when. (That
Lamello was subsequently stolen, and I replaced it with a 'leaner'
version of the Lamello.
My one beef with the ELU, ( and therefore the DeWalt) is that the
base-plate is thin enough that with the slightest drop, it will bend.
Another acquaintance has a joiner which is totally and completely
identical to the ELU but with the Black & Decker name on it. Must have
happened just before the DeWaltDisney infusion. (That yellow looks
disgusting and always looks filthy.)
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